STILL PICKIN’ BAND
Traditional Bluegrass/Country Music
Still Pickin’ is a Connecticut born and bred trio playing the best of traditional bluegrass and old time country music. Still Pickin’ is comprised of talented Connecticut country music veterans Jim Sharpley on banjo, dobro, guitar and vocals, Dennis Sheridan on acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals and Patricia McDonald on bass and vocals. The Still Pickin’ repertoire includes traditional bluegrass favorites, some good ol’ country songs and notably, a number of original tunes!
Still Pickin’ has entertained in many venues throughout Connecticut and New England, including the well-known Podunk Bluegrass Festival. In addition to the fine music they play, the act includes comical stories and jokes sure to entertain the audience!
Meet the Band
Lead player and vocalist, Jim Sharpley, began his music career in his own country swing band, Jim Sharpley and the Sharpshooters. A long-time broadcaster, you may have even seen Jim over the years on Channel 8 WNHC-TV in New Haven, CT. on News-40 TV in Springfield MA., or listened to him on a variety of radio stations including WDRC-AM/FM. After a musical hiatus, Jim joined up with Still Pickin’ in 2011, stepping outside his country music roots and into the bluegrass arena. He sings lead vocals and harmony and is one of the group’s instrumentalists, playing guitar, banjo, dobro and harmonica. The multi-talented musician was inducted into the Connecticut Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Versatile musician Dennis Sheridan joined the group in the late spring of 2017. He plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle and shares lead and harmony vocals. Dennis is a veteran of the Connecticut country music scene with 42 years of experience playing in various duets, trios and larger groups. He was the founding member of the popular country band Bolton Notch and has performed in other notable country bands including Heartland and Skyline Drive. Both Bolton Notch and Heartland received First Place awards in the Hartford Advocate’s annual Best Bands survey in the country music category. Dennis is also a songwriter and has produced two CD’s of original country music performed by Bolton Notch.
Bass player and the newest member is Patricia McDonald. Pat started singing at the age of ten and studied violin at 17. In addition to the bass Pat also plays mandolin and performed with the group Green Valley where she honed her vocal country and bluegrass harmonies with the guidance of the late Bob DiQuattro. Pat is a welcome addition to the group.
The trio performs throughout the Northeast, including Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York State.